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Va44, Va47 c:dix viola bow, Dictum, Germany$ 233.00
Va50 Carbondix*** Viola Dictum, Germany$ 298.00
Developed by the Dictum company, previously known as Gunther Dick, these well-made carbon-fibre rayon bows have a strong, stiff stick which, nonetheless gives both flexibility and subtlety. The finish is very good and the value for money excellent.
C408 Unstamped viola bow, European, late nineteenth century$ 1,295.00
This unstamped, round, European viola bow has silver mounts and a hybrid version of the
Vuillaume” frog, giving it good stability at the handle. Extensively restored in our bow workshop, the bow has a good blend of playing characteristics, combining steadiness in fast legato passages, precise articulation and an excellent spiccato. It is priced remarkably well for a silver-mounted bow.
Start sale price: $1295.00
S382 W.R. Schuster viola bow, Germany, mid-late twentieth century$ 1,300.00
“W.R. Schuster” seems now to be a brand name on bows made in Asia. In contrast, this octagonal, pernambuco, nickel-mounted viola bow is stamped “W. Germany” on the underside of the stick by the button and has a personal provenance and history that places its manufacture firmly in the mid-late twentieth century, before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The stick is strongly made and with a weight a little over the average, will suit a bigger instrument. The playing characteristics are very good, with stability in legato passages and a decent articulation and spiccato.
Weight: 73.25 grams
S389 Otto Adler viola bow, Mittenwald, Germany, early-mid twentieth century$ 2,750.00
The Otto Adler bow-making workshop was based in Mittenwald, the famous Sourthern German centre of violin making until Adler’s death in 1945. This octagonal, pernambuco viola bow has silver mounts and a solid, square-backed ebony frog in good condition. At just under 67 grams, the bow is relatively light for a viola bow and would perhaps suit a player with a smaller instrument. The playing characteristics are good, with a clean, smooth action.
Start sale price: $2,750.00
Bow weight: 66.9 grams
S312 “Beare” London, late twentieth century$ 6,000.00
This fine viola bow was made by Tim Baker, the last bow maker to be trained and employed by W.E. Hill and Sons. Baker then joined the workshop staff at J. and A. Beare in 1984, where he focussed on bow making, bow restoration and the study of old bows. The influence of the great nineteenth century French bow makers, particularly Peccatte, is visible in this bow: an elongated octagonal section extends forward into the otherwise round stick and the head is carved in a clear, somewhat angular style. At 71.4 grams, the bow is of moderate weight, with a smooth but responsive playing action.